Western Michigan University (WMU) Libraries seeks an innovative and
collaborative leader to serve as Associate Dean for the Libraries Information
Technology Services. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to
lead strategic and sustained technological innovations, and to coordinate
their operations and assessment. The Associate Dean will
play a key role in improving collaborative user-focused information technology
services that contribute to the success of WMU students, faculty, and staff
through continuous evaluation of their impact and value in supporting the
University's mission, its evolving academic programs, research interests and
user needs. The Associate Dean is part of the
Administrative Team and reports to the Dean of the University Libraries, who
is committed to building and supporting an active, responsive, globally-
engaged, twenty-first-century library.
Direct information technology strategic planning, budgeting, and goal-setting
initiatives to enhance the Libraries effectiveness as an innovative learning
and discovery center consistent with the teaching, technological, and
scholarly demands of a dynamic research institution.
Lead the Libraries information technology staff (Digitization, Systems,
Technology, Web Operations; 2 Faculty and 6 Staff members) in a customer-
centered approach to serving the digital information needs of the University.
Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate technology infrastructures and services
that support discoverability and usability, integration with learning
technologies, and enhanced information applications.
Support the technological needs of the Libraries by administering the
implementation and assessment of technology management, programs and services,
including data handling and reporting.
Collaborate with other university constituencies to support the teaching,
scholarship, and service goals of the institution.
Demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and ability to engage with new education
technologies, be involved in other aspects of university life, including
serving on committees, conducting research, and engaging in scholarly
MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program with additional formal
education in computer science or related field.
Minimum of six (6) years of increasing administrative responsibility in an
academic library, demonstrating leadership and supervisory skills, strategic
planning, services assessment and budgetary responsibilities.
Experience and proficiency administering information technologies, automated
library systems, and data management.
Record of accomplishment in applying emerging information technologies to
Strong conceptual understanding of cloud computing, database management, and
Demonstrated ability to conceive, articulate, and implement a vision for the
future of library resources and services.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability
to facilitate technical communication among a variety of stakeholders.
Ability to work collegially with internal and external campus constituents.
Strong commitment to diversity and the ability to interact effectively with
diverse cultural and ethnic groups.
Strong commitment to collaboration, a respectful work environment,
participatory management, teamwork, and customer relations.
Record of professional recognition that warrants rank of tenured associate
Working experience with MARC and knowledge of new standards and data models
such as RDA, FRBR, and Linked Data.
Experience with server management, networking, programming and applications
such as Oracle, Microsoft Access, SQL, UNIX, and API's.
Master's degree in Computer Science or similar information technology field.
Development and grant - writing experience.
APPOINTMENT AND COMPENSATION: Full-time twelve (12) months
fiscal year appointment. Minimum: $90,000 for Associate
Dean position plus generous benefits. Rank and salary is
commensurate with qualifications and experience. While the
position is an administrative appointment, faculty will have input in the
hiring process, and the continuing evaluation process.
PROCEDURES: Cover letter, vita, and the names and phone numbers of three (3)
references should be sent online to: www.wmich.edu/hr/careers-at-wmu.html.
Applications should be received by March 31, 2013. Review
will continue until the position is filled.
WMU, located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized
learner-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly
25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate
instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research
activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation
designated as research universities with high research activities.
Western Michigan University (WMU) seeks to recruit and retain a diverse
workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students
richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of learning and growing in
wisdom. WMU is strongly dedicated to the pursuit of
excellence by including and integrating individuals who represent different
groups as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual
orientation, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin,
religion and veteran status.
Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer consistent with applicable federal and state law.
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